Determined Hucknall forced to bow to the weather

SPRINGBOK POWER -- new South African signing Dale Campbell shows the batting style that should bring Hucknall plenty of runs this summer.
SPRINGBOK POWER -- new South African signing Dale Campbell shows the batting style that should bring Hucknall plenty of runs this summer.

A valiant bid to defy the elements and pocket a crucial victory came to nought for frustrated promotion-chasers HUCKNALL in the Gunn And Moore South Notts League.

Hucknall stood alone in the entire league as the club willing and able to beat the rainy weather last Saturday.

While every other match in 13 divisions was called off without a ball being bowled, Hucknall got their Division A clash at home to West Indian Cavaliers 2nd off the ground.

Sterling work on the pitch and outfield at their Hayden Lane headquarters enabled the teams to launch a match reduced to 30 overs per side.

And title favourites Hucknall were well on their way to a win that would have lifted them to the top of the table.

But the day’s final spell of rain deep into the afternoon finally put paid to their efforts, and the umpires had to abandon proceedings.

After winning the toss, it took Hucknall time to make inroads into the Cavaliers’ batting line-up as opener Rehan Iqbal made a fine 40 that contained six boundaries.

But once Josh Buckley (two for 26 in five overs) had trapped fellow opener Shahid Mohammad lbw for 13, wickets begen to fall.

Jack Pates weighed in with two for 29 from six overs and effective spinner Adam Scott (two for 30 in ten overs) finally removed Rehan to leave Cavaliers on 90 for five.

Shafiq Dad offered brief resistance with 23 (three fours) before he was run out by Buckley. But by the end, Hucknall were pleased to have restricted their visitors to a total of 151 for eight.

The locals’ reply was going great guns on 62 for no wicket from only 12.3 overs when stumps were drawn.

But at least the cameo gave the club their first glimpse of new signing Dale Campbell, who stroked a fluent, unbeaten 28 (three fours), in a first=-wicket partnership alongside Aaron Lee (29 not out, four fours).

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, born in Cape Town, has played ten first-class matches in his home country and shows every sign of developing into a shrewd signing by the New Gatehouse men.